Medic JU query

Hi, so this is my first post, and its quite a large question, requiring a reasonable amount of specialist expertise and I'm hopin that someone whos trawling through these pages might have an idea.

So I'm a 4th year medical student, and I decided I wanted to do forces stuff, so a while back I joined the TA.
However Ive since thought about joinin full time. The reason I dint go for a medical student cadetship is cos I want sure if I'd enjoy the lifestyle, but I bloody love it. Anyways, theyve run out of those scholarships so thats besides the point.

I believe the Army can offer some excellent training incentives for doctors, but there are some gaps in my understanding of how it works (MEDICAL JARGON COMMENCES)

The way I understand it as with civvy doctors, Army medics are required to complete their F1/F2 posts, and this can either be at MDHUs like Northallerton or Frimley Park or Derriford etc, but if you beg and plead, theyll let you do em in civvy hospitals since it doesnt really make much difference. Then, after youve finished Foundation Training, civvy doctors would go on to their ST/CT training or become a GP Registrar.

As far as I am aware, the Army requires you to then spend 6mo or summat like that at RMAS doin a Professionally Qualified Officers (PQO) course and then straight after PQO, you then spend 18mo with a regiment serving as the General Duties Medical Officer (GDMO).

First of all....what can you expect bein a GDMO? Ie, what sort of jobs will you be doing? How useful are these years to medical training etc?

Secondly, after you finish your GDMO post, you then have to go back into civvy trainin and get the rest of your speciality education from the NHS, requiring you to apply back into ST/CT training 2 years after everyone else has done it. So for competitive specialities, like Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery (which I think I wanna go into) you're two years behind.

My second question is....If you're two years behind civvies and theyve had time to do auditin, research, conferences, skills courses and stuff, does bein in the Army put you at a distinct disadvantage when applyin for Speciality/Core Training?

Cos if it does, then Im thinkin I could just as well stay in the TA, deploy when I feel like, train how I want, and have the best of both worlds, and then join as a consultant when I dont have to fanny around with my medical trainin.

If anyone else is capable of answerin then I would be most appreciative!

(I tried askin my unit, but a) the vast majority of them are nurses and dont know and b) the doctors that are there never considered the regulars so have no clue)

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